LEWISTON — Job seekers looking to change careers and increase their earning potential can learn about available jobs and training resources at a skilled trades career event on August 18 focused on industries in the welding, plumbing, electrical and HVAC. The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Lewiston office of the Idaho Department of Labor, 1158 Idaho St.
Participants will learn the pay scales, job positions and requirements of their specific area of interest from others who work in those trades.
“This event is for people who are not college-bound or feel like they can’t afford the training needed to work in their chosen field,” said Misti Sullivan, office manager of Lewiston Labor.
Electricians, welders, plumbers and HVAC professionals in the Lewiston metro area are currently paid more than their counterparts in other areas of the state. Electricians on average earn an average annual salary of $77,000, welders on average $52,000 per year, and plumbers on average $57,000 per year.
“Our goal is to create a skilled workforce that can fill future positions employers may have in the Valley,” Sullivan said. “It’s about motivating people interested in a specific profession to enter the talent pool for the industry of their choice,” she continued. “The hiring events will come later.”
Lewis Clark State College (LCSC) workforce training staff will be on hand to assist people enroll in courses for these specific areas. Classes begin in September for interested participants.
Representatives of the Idaho Vocational Rehabilitation Division, EQUUS Workforce Solutions and Idaho Launch – a statewide program funded by the Idaho Workforce Development Council – will be on hand to answer questions about funding available to cover some of the training costs for industries specific.
For more information on this event, visit Idaho Work Events Calendar.
Learnings are also available through Idaho Department of Labor services for individuals to improve their skills by providing on-the-job training with job-related instruction.
For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation, email [email protected] or call 208-799-5000, ext. 3877. Dial 711 to access Idaho Relay Service for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Attendance at a Job Seeker Event counts as valid weekly job search activity for Unemployment Insurance purposes.